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By Wilmer L.
Bangladesh, Age 15

This article will cover how to name characters effectively and how to avoid the most common naming problems.

Character names serve several important roles, like differentiating characters and evoking an emotional response from readers.

Readers use names to tell characters apart, obviously. Authors sometimes complicate this by using the same letter to start character names, using similar-looking or similar-sounding names. We will keep John and Hideyuki apart in our minds, but maybe not Clinton and Cliff (or Kevin).

As a rule of thumb, once you have used a given letter to start a characterís name, you canít use it again. If your work is long enough that you name 15+ characters, then you can start sharing the letters of minor characters who appear in completely different parts of the book. Also, try to mix up the number of syllables in your character names.